Following the 42nd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh on Tuesday, Gulf leaders affirmed the importance of a precise and comprehensive implementation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s vision. They also stressed the importance of pursuing economic, defense and security integration.
The leaders approved the coordination of positions to strengthen stability in the GCC countries and ensure the best interests of the six board members. This would help the Gulf States to avoid regional and international conflicts.
Besides realizing the aspirations of the peoples of the GCC countries, it would also strengthen the regional and international role of the GCC States.
At the Diriyah Palace in Riyadh, the summit focused on solidarity, stability and economic integration. Its final communiqué underlined the importance of “unifying political positions and developing political partnerships at regional and international levels”.
In his speech to Gulf leaders, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touched on several topics, including the Palestinian cause, the Yemeni crisis and the situation in Afghanistan.
On behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince welcomed the Gulf leaders to Saudi Arabia. He thanked King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain for his country’s efforts during his presidency of the 41st GCC summit.
He stressed that Saudi Arabia recognizes the importance of dealing seriously and effectively with Iran’s nuclear and missile program “in a way that contributes to regional and international security and stability.”
In addition, the Crown Prince stressed the importance of “Iraq forming a government capable of working to establish national security, stability and development”.
As for Yemen, he affirmed Saudi Arabia’s continued support for the efforts of the UN special envoy to reach a political solution to the crisis according to the three references represented in the Gulf initiative.
The Saudi Crown Prince also said the Kingdom is monitoring developments in Afghanistan, calling for regional and international efforts to unite and provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
He also stressed that Afghanistan should not turn into a safe haven for terrorist organizations.
The summit’s final communiqué, read by Nayef Al-Hajraf, the secretary general of the GCC, said that additional teamwork would be needed to address future challenges and underlined the importance of enhancing opportunities for women and men. youth and for digital transformation in GCC countries.
“The leaders agreed on principles and policies to develop strategic cooperation and integration of economic development among the GCC states and to realize the aspirations of their citizens,” Al-Hajraf said.
Gulf leaders also stressed the importance of stepping up work to implement the circular economy approach.